US State Department’s religious freedom report highlights cow protection violence in India and insecurity of religious minorities in India

The report released by Rex Tillerson also mentioned instances of attacks on people suspected of making what were claimed to be derogatory remarks against Islam
The US State Department has highlighted attacks in India by cow protection groups against people accused of bovine trafficking or having beef in its annual report on religious freedom, while attempting a measure of balance by also including critical mention of practices by minority religions.


Around 300 communal incidents this year: UP and Karnataka on top
Close to 300 communal incidents took place in the country in the first five months of this year with Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka topping the list.

Across the country, 44 people were killed and another 892 suffered injuries in communal incidents. Among the 296 incidents reported this year till May, UP accounted for 60 of them while Karnataka registered 36. In UP, 16 people were killed and another 151 injured in such incidents while in Karnataka three people lost their lives and another 93 were wounded.


Yoga is not a fundamental right, cannot be made compulsory in schools, says Supreme Court

Yoga_0.jpgThe apex body also dismissed a public interest litigation that sought to frame a national yoga policy.The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a public interest litigation seeking to make yoga compulsory in schools and said that it cannot decide what educational institutions must teach. It added that yoga is not a fundamental right under the law governing a child’s right to free and compulsory education, PTI reported.

The petition – filed by advocate J C Seth and Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson and lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay – sought to frame a national yoga policy and to make it compulsory for students of Classes 1 to 8.


Vice President of India says voice of dissent is National ego curbing?

National ego curbing voice of dissent in country, says Hamid Ansari.AUG 7 2017, 00:
Vice President M Hamid Ansari presents the certificate to Shruthi Ashok, who bagged 16 gold medals, during the convocation.
Vice President of India M Hamid Ansari on Sunday expressed concern over increasing hyper nationalism.